Golden Boy Nijel Amos has kept Botswana’s hope of getting a medal at the ongoing commonwealth games alive in Glasgow.
Amos finished first in semi final 2 of 800m with a time of 1:45.65 and will be harboring hopes of delivering his first ever commonwealth medal.
Amos will be in the final where a fierce and exciting race between him and Olympic gold medalist David Rudisha from Kenya is expected to be the centre of attraction.
Thus far Amos has shown why he will be the main challenger to Rudisha in the final being in control of all his races and doing just enough to secure his final spot.
Glasgow’s Hampden Park is in for a riveting two-lap final between the duo who illuminated the London Olympics.
Already, Amos has beaten Rudisha this season in Monaco, and will go into the Thursday’s medal race having laid a marker in the second semi.
Rudisha after reaching the finals said, “Today it was tough because the semi-finals you have to approach with caution so I ran from the front and controlled the race.
I feel my body is responding well and I’m feeling better which is pleasing.
I am expecting another good race in the final, there are some really tough guys in there.”
However Amos, has already being criticized by some for taking it ‘really easy’ sailing through second in 1:50.56 from the fourth race on Wednesday.
The young athlete stopped at the line letting Bermuda’s Aaron Evans to step home first timed 1:50.88 as he felt he had to conserve extra energy for the semi finals.
He however took his time to congratulate his team mates who did not make it to the finals for their efforts and achievement.
“To go as far as you have gone it’s wasn’t a walk way, you sacrificed a lot of some important things in your life to make the country dream and your goals come true.
Time will come, he who brought us in this world knows what’s there in store for u, so heads up next step African champs”, he encouraged.
At the moment, Nijel Amos is considered the greatest 800-meter runner in the world.
He’s the 2014 world leader at 1:42.45 and won both of the year’s most competitive 800s, first at the Pre Classic on May 31 and then in Monaco on July 18.
In terms of 2014 accomplishments, his closest competitor is Aman, who won World Indoors in March as well as the DL races in Doha (over Amos) and Rome.